Monday, April 18, 2005

Waterfalls of Iceland

The numerous waterfalls of Iceland are part of the wonders of nature in this region. The notable falls in Iceland include Dettifoss in the north of the country, which is the most powerful in Europe. Selfoss, Goðafoss (God's Falls) and Aldeyjarfoss can also be found in the north.
In the south, Gullfoss (Golden Falls) are a very popular tourist sight. Skaftafell National Park contains Svartifoss (Black Falls), which are surrounded by basalt columns. Also well-known are Háifoss (High Falls), Gjáin with its large number of small waterfalls, Skógafoss, and Seljalandsfoss. Ófærufoss used to be noted for the impressive natural bridge which stood above the falls, but it collapsed in 1993.
In the west of Iceland, there are to be found the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss in a lovely setting of birchwoods. In the Westfjords the river Dynjandi flows like a fan over Fjallfoss.
The highest waterfall is Glymur at 198m, in the Hvalfjörður area.

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Ski touring

Ski touring is a form of backcountry skiing (off piste skiing) involving trecking from place to place in the wilderness, that has parallels with hiking and backpacking.
While various types of ski can be used, it is most commonly carried out using Telemark or adapted Alpine equipment. In order to climb uphill, skins (synthetic or mohair rather than the traditional sealskin) and harscheisen (ski crampons - also called couteau or cortelli) are used on the bottom of the ski to provide grip.
When using Alpine skis, a special ski binding is used that allows the heel to be clipped down when skiing downhill, and allows it to be released when climbing. Special ski boots are also used, something of a cross between ski boot and a hiking boot.
A variation of the activity is also possible using a snowboard, in which case snowshoes are used to walk up

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Gossamer is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. The character is a hairy, orange monster. His rectangular body is perched on two giant tennis shoes, and his face is composed of only two oval-shaped eyes and a wide mouth.
Animator Chuck Jones introduced the monster character in the 1946 film Hair-raising Hare. In it, Bugs Bunny is lured to the lair of a mad scientist who wants to use the rabbit for his experiments. The monster (here called "Rudolph") serves as the scientist's henchman, trying desperately to capture the bunny. This plot was repeated in the 1952 Jones short Water, Water Every Hare. The monster would remain dormant for many decades until Jones used the character once more in Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24 1/2th Century in 1980. This is the first cartoon where the character is called "Gossamer".
Gossamer has also appeared in a cameo role in a number of recent Warner Bros. productions. He was in a 1990 episode of Tiny Toon Adventures, for example ("Duck Treck"), and he appears briefly in the 1996 movie Space Jam. He has also featured in a number of episodes of The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries.
In recent years, Warner Bros. marketers seem to have seized upon the character. Gossamer's image is available on all sorts of Warners merchandise, from T-shirts to ballcaps to plush toys. This sort of marketing helped propel The Tasmanian Devil to newfound stardom, and it is seemingly helping Gossamer's popularity to some extent. It remains unclear whether Gossamer will become one of the more popular Looney Tunes characters, as has Taz, or if he will remain relatively obscure.
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